Accession Number : ADA539880


Title :   How Americans are Getting News and Information in the 21st Century


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL CENTER FOR STRATEGY AND TECHNOLOGY


Personal Author(s) : Schultz, Sarah K


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a539880.pdf


Report Date : Feb 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 34


Abstract : Nearly a decade into the 21st century, public affairs officers are grappling with the new frontier of the digital media age, where information options are overwhelming in both speed and volume, but often underwhelming in content. The purpose of this research paper is to identify how Americans are getting news and information to help public affairs specialists better package information for release to the public in this digital age. If public affairs officials are to be successful, they must first understand the basic roots of information extraction - from where does the audience retrieve its information, whether the American public, Congress, or even potential military recruits. Reporters and editors in traditional media-newspapers, magazines, television and radio-still occupy a large part of their work day, but harried public affairs specialists must also contend with digital pioneers of the internet and the web, to include on-line journalists, bloggers, tweeters, YouTube, Facebook, and anyone else with an opinion and access to a computer. This paper will use the cause and effect methodology to argue the author's claim. The first section of the paper will cover the digital age; the second section addresses where Americans currently get news and information; and the third section considers how to package news and information for release to the public and the way ahead in the information environment.


Descriptors :   *INFORMATION RETRIEVAL , *MASS MEDIA , RADIO BROADCASTING , TELEVISION STATIONS , NEWSPAPERS , COMMUNITIES , DIGITAL SYSTEMS


Subject Categories : Information Science
      Radio Communications
      Non-radio Communications


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE